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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error by his friend caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (book), Harold Medford (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Sam McBane
Nancy Kwan ... Sally Fraser
Rod Taylor ... Captain Jack Savage
Suzanne Pleshette ... Martha Webster
Jane Russell ... Jane Russell
Wally Cox ... Ralph Bundy
Nehemiah Persoff ... Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens ... Mickey Doolan
Max Showalter ... Dan Crawford
Constance Towers ... Peg Burke
Howard St. John ... Mark Hutchins
Robert J. Wilke ... Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Dillon
Dort Clark ... Ted Wilson
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Llewlyn
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Storyline

Airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to unusual string of coincidences. Stewardess, who is sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

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You have a date with fate! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezwinger des Todes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,525,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcola Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief the aircraft used in this movie was not based on a DC-7. About the only similarities between it and a DC-7 was the cylindrical fuselage and tricycle landing gear. Disregarding the wings, horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer, number of windows, nose slope, nose probe, location of the door, type, number and location of the engines, the two airplanes are identical. As an earlier poster stated, it is unlikely any aircraft manufacturer would have supported the use of one of their aircraft in this movie so it's no surprise that it did not resemble any existing aircraft, including the DC-7. See more »

Goofs

During the flashback to the CBI when Ford and Taylor were in the AAF, the C-54 parked has the national insignia (star and bar) located on the nose. AAF aircraft in the CBI did not have the insignia located in that position. A later shot shows the aircraft from a distance, and it has the insignia both on the nose and the aft fuselage (which is where it should be). (It should be noted that the shots of the model when they are flying doesn't have the insignia on the nose). See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Connections

Version of Island in the Sky (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

No Love, No Nothin'
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Jane Russell
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Many times a book does not translate to a film well. BUT! (spoiler note, I use one line from the film, not critical to the story)
3 April 2014 | by flarepilotSee all my reviews

First off, I am one of the rare pilots who loves this movie. I'm a 737 captain for a major airline in the USA. Also a flight instructor, an instrument instructor and multi engine instructor.

I've read the book and am glad the book and movie are so different. IN this way I get two amazing stories, but with that special flavor expressed in the title.

I won't describe the movie, others have done that. But if you are a pilot and don't "GET" this movie, you better take some more flying lessons.

I mean it. If you don't like the fictional airliner, well that' s fine.

Get over that part of it.

Here is a movie that actually talks about a rudder power switch!

I can also say that the cinematography is wonderful and the opening 12 minutes and last 10 minutes is the most amazing stuff I've seen. (short of reality).

So, see this movie. And shut off the damn bell.


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